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Sugar tax to combat obesity

by Stephen Duckett

sugar-tax-report-web-graphicPublished by More to the Point, Wednesday 30 November

Health Program Director Stephen Duckett discussed the report, A Sugary Drinks Tax: Recovering the community costs of obesity with Colin Klupie on More to the Point. The report opens with the comment “Australians are getting fatter”. It’s not a pleasant opening, and perhaps something we don’t really want to think about or deal with, but it’s something of a national health crisis, costing the Australian tax payer $5.3 billion in health and welfare expenses. That’s almost a billion dollars more than the sugary drinks industry itself. What can we do about it? The title of the report is clear – a tax on sugary drinks. But that could be just the start.

Listen to the interview on Soundcloud.